Archive | September, 2017

Dust Off Your Bowling Shoes!

22 Sep

This installment of the continuing series about the community in City Central features Dell Lanes and Lounge —the place for bowling fun in the historic Whalley area since 1959. The entire article is posted here.

As the door swings open to the entrance of Dell Lanes and Lounge, the thunder of bowling balls rumbling down the alley assails the senses. The unmistakeable crash of falling pins herald a strike amid cheers from the sidelines. The cacophony brings back a nostalgic feeling. How long has it been since I have been in a bowling alley?

Dell Lanes has been in operation in Surrey for 58 years, providing the community with the ages old entertainment of five-pin bowling. (Factoid: Thomas Ryan invented 5 pin bowling in Toronto in 1909, in response to complaints of his customers that the ten-pin ball was too heavy and the game was too slow. Five pin bowling is only played in Canada! — Bowl Ontario 5 Pin.)

The Dell Lanes bowling alley has been owned by the Cooper family since 2002 and today, is managed by a family member, Kayla Cooper. “I basically grew up here,” she grins “I have pictures of me as a toddler happily playing around the lanes. I first started working as a pin chaser when I was 16 and worked my way through the ranks from the kitchen to finally, manager.”

Bowling has had its surges in popularity over the years and Kayla says that today the sport is most popular with families, kids and college students looking for something fun to do that won’t break the bank.

Read the entire article on Surrey604,com

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Still Walking Around Whalley’s Corner

8 Sep

In this next excerpt from the continuing series, Meet Me at Whalley’s Corner — I write about Whalley Optical Centre — taking care of the community’s eyewear needs for nearly 4 decades. Read the entire article and see more photos here.

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When you walk into Whalley Optical Centre, on 107th and King George Boulevard, in the historic town centre of Whalley, it feels like any other optical store. Rows of glasses frames line the walls and fill the display cases on the floor. Posters of models wearing designer “specs” hang on the walls. Then, Lutz Sprecher, owner and licensed optician, walks out of the back room and you know that this store different. “This is an ‘old school’ optical establishment.” Lutz says with a glimmer of pride in his eyes.

“We have our own lab where we grind lenses to fit into frames as well as carry out eyewear repairs, something that you don’t find in optical stores these days.” He adds, “We offer old fashioned service we take the time to talk to our customers, we listen to them so that we can fulfill their needs and make sure they leave thrilled with their new glasses.”

Whalley Optical Centre was opened by Sprecher’s father in 1978, back in the days when the area was Surrey’s business hub. There were four banks and retail stores all around, until Surrey Place Mall (now named Central City mall) opened and the businesses moved closer to 104th. “I was schooled in opticianry by my dad, who was an optician trained in Germany and I started working in the shop part-time.”

Read the entire article on Surrey604,com

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Last weekend of the summer…

3 Sep

A fun-filled blog post by my favourite black lab!

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…or so says Humom – I think every weekend is a summer weekend. Walking, chasing the ball, hoping for tasty treats… all summer all the time.

Here are just a few of the things I’ve done recently.

Today I walked with my pack: Sage and Magic, Willa and Shadow, Tucker, Bo, me of course, Dakota, and Bailey:

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Tonight I shared a crab dinner with Lue, the wasps, and the humans (the humans ate all the crab – selfish! So sad!):

Here I am teaching humom how to run an agility course – I think she’s coming along pretty well:

I’ve also been doing nose work – well I always do nose work, but here humom has me searching an abandoned trailer:

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And lots of naps…

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